BREAKING: AP Does Story on Allen, "N- word"
Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 10:48:09 AM PDT
Well, the Salon.com story just broke into the main stream media. Bob Lewis, an AP reporter has this story: Virginia senator denies ex-teammate's charge he used racial slur
Here's how it begins:This is very important that AP has done the story. That means that papers all around the country and around the world could pick up the story. It also means that George Allen is likely to be stuck in the macaca for a lot longer.
A former teammate of Sen. George Allen during his years as a University of Virginia football player said Allen frequently used a racial epithet to refer to black people.
Allen vehemently denied the allegation in an Associated Press interview Monday.
Another key part of the story:
Allen called Shelton's claim "ludicrously false."
"The story and his comments and assertions in there are completely false," Allen said during an interview with AP reporters and editors. "I don't remember ever using that word and it is absolutely false that that was ever part of my vocabulary."
Four other Allen teammates also defended Allen and rebutted Shelton's comments in statements Allen's campaign released.
I would encourage you to watch your local papers over the next several days. Contact the reporters that you know, and suggest that they investigate and report on this controversy.
If your paper doesn't do a story within the next few days, then do a letter to the editor. And, if the paper does have a story, then consider doing a letter to the editor if the information is inaccurate or incomplete. And, if the paper has an online "Comment" feature, add your thoughts and analysis on the story.
Give me a fucking break.
I would more understand a Virginian like Webb having said nigger, but I would bet his father would have slapped the piss out of him for doing so. Contrary to myth, a lot of Southerners had no truck with that bullshit.
Allen created this faux southern persona, left UCLA at the height of its national sporting fame, between Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Mark Harmon, to go to the then obscure University of Virginia? The same kid who trashed his school when a black team was going to play them and hung a Confederate flag in his bedroom he had to hunt down?
Maybe it was because he wasn't going to be a UCLA football star, but it's more likely he couldn't deal with the increasing numbers of negroes on campus.
Whatever the reason, the idea that he didn't call blacks niggers or some other degrading term is impossible to believe. Just impossible. He wasn't a Southerner. He didn't go to Duke, he went to UVA for a reason. He thought he could be a cracker and find support. He had idealized the South his entire life. Not just the South, but the Confederacy and its racist ways. Not just as a teenager, but as a US Senator, when he appeared in the uniform of an officer of the Army of Northern Virginia in a movie.
So the idea that surrounded by Southerners, in the South, at a time of intense racial tension, that he didn't use the word Nigger, is hardly worthy of comment.
posted by Steve @ 4:23:00 PM